26 October 2013

Red Sox Ready To Face National League Rules Head On

After the two teams split games at Fenway Park, the 2013 World Series will shift to St. Louis on Saturday night. The Cardinals will be looking to take advantage of not only home field, but home rules. The Red Sox rely heavily on designated hitter David Ortiz and first baseman Mike Napoli. However, due to league rules, only one will be in the lineup in St. Louis. So who will Boston go with, and can they overcome the absence of a key bat?

All season long, two of the most reliable fantasy baseball players on the Red Sox were Ortiz and Napoli. They batted fourth and fifth, respectively, in the first two games of the World Series. The hardest part is, both are hitting well right now. Ortiz has homered twice in as many games, while Napoli had three RBI in Game 1. With a predominantly right-handed pitching staff, Ortiz is expected to get the start at first base while in St. Louis. While he is the slightly better fantasy baseball option as a hitter, he is not a strong fielder. It will be interesting to see if the Red Sox will make a late-inning switch for more defense.

 Even though Napoli will be stuck on the bench for most of the game, he will be able to pick his spots and possibly pinch hit in key situations. He gives Boston a nice player to use during a double-switch as well, which is prevalent in the National League. For an American League team built around the DH, these next two games are definitely a test for the franchise. Manager John Farrell will have to get a little more creative, but it shouldn’t be too much of a burden.

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